The Assessment of Psychopathology in Racial and Ethnic Minorities

Bernadette Gray-Little

in Oxford Handbook of Personality Assessment

Published in print July 2009 | ISBN: 9780195366877
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

 The Assessment of Psychopathology in Racial and Ethnic Minorities

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As accurate assessment is critical to diagnosis and treatment, understanding the association between race or ethnicity and the assessment of psychopathology has important practical significance. However, detecting and mitigating racial bias in assessment is a profoundly complex challenge. This article examines several conceptual issues germane to assessing minority groups in the United States, and reviews efforts to address ethnic and racial bias in frequently used adult-assessment instruments. It discusses ethnic identity and acculturation, assessment of psychopathology by means of the clinical interview and psychological testing, self-epressive assessment of psychopathology using projective tests, the Rorschach inkblot test, picture-story tests, and sentence completion and figure-drawing tests.

Keywords: Rorschach inkblot test; racial bias; clinical interview; ethnicity; minority groups; race; picture-story tests; projective tests; psychological testing; psychopathology

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Subjects: Psychology ; Psychological Assessment and Testing

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